Sunday, May 13, 2012

Reds Ride Votto to Victory

The Cincinnati Reds (17-16) hosted the Washington Nationals (21-13) in the final game of a short three game home stand. The Redlegs were trying to avoid a sweep and continue their getaway day magic. The team definitely avoided a sweep and did so in dramatic come from behind fashion with a 9-6 victory.

Let's take a look at how the game unfolded with the good, the bad, and the notables from today's game.

The Good:
- Most notably was none other than Joey Votto. Votto had an outstanding day at the plate hitting three home runs in five plate appearances. He added six RBI and had the biggest blow of the day in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Redlegs were down one going into the ninth when Votto stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and provided the team with a walk off grand slam.
- Jay Bruce had a two RBI double in the bottom of the eighth inning on a ball hit to Bryce Harper. Harper misplayed the ball losing the ball in the lights allowing the Reds to climb within one run at the time.
- Chris Heisey had a huge outfield assist late in the game gunning down a runner at the plate.
- Ryan Hanigan added two hits in four appearances at the plate. Both singles went relatively unnoticed in the grand scheme of things, but nonetheless, his hits proved big.
- The team continued their getaway day magic! A 9-6 win on a walk off grand slam is a huge boost compared to what felt like it could have easily been a 6-5 loss.

The Bad:
- Drew Stubbs had an 0-for-4 day at the plate, but did score two runs in the game reaching base twice.
- Hanigan had an error behind the plate being a throwing error.
- Bronson Arroyo had what was his worst outing of the year in what has been a very solid year for him. In five innings he gave up four runs on eleven hits.
- Sam LeCure in 1.2 innings pitched walked three batters, giving up one run.

The Notables:
- Rookie Mike Costanzo made his major league debut in a pinch-hit appearance. He had an RBI sacrifice fly.
- The game began at a start time of 4:45pm with a rain delay of 3 hours and 35 minutes. The official attendance was 28,361 had the game started on time. With the rain delay it appeared there were 1,000 fans in attendance by judging the crowd size.
- Up next: The Reds travel to Atlanta to take on the Atlanta Braves in the first of a short two game set. It will be right hander Homer Bailey (1-3, 4.93) taking the hill for the Redlegs and Randall Delgado (2-3, 4.54) taking the hill for the Braves.

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